OA: Which living artists do you most admire and why?
M: Fang Lihun, a deaf artist from China and Ai Shinohara. Their works are so expressive and real, they like to think outside of the box and paint exactly what they see in their minds.
OA: Which deceased artist do you most admire and why?
M: Definitely Salvador Dali, he was my first inspiration. He proved the art world wrong and became a successful artist in painting they only way he knew how to.
OA: Which exhibition that you have visited made the greatest impact on you and why?
M: There was an exhibition of Salvador Dali at Castle Galleries (Artica Gallery) in London. Seeing his works up close just brought me closer to his thoughts and ideas, it just seemed so real.
OA: What is the question you get asked most frequently about your work and how do you answer it?
M: The questions I get asked the most are “why dots” and how long did that take you. I always explain that dots create a 3D effect and make my pieces extremely detailed. I like the illusion of my work looking like paintings from afar, but when you get closer, you realise they are created by dots. They are also unique to many other artists out there, and yes, they can take from weeks to months to create.
OA: What / who inspired you to be an artist?
M: This is going to sound strange but as a child I was an outsider at school, got into a lot of trouble and art was the only escape for me, the only way I felt I could express myself. It was the one thing I was good at and it brought me a whole new circle of friends. Even now I am not the most expressive person, but I continue to use art to express what is in my mind.
OA: Can you tell us about where you make your art and what if any the significance of this location is?
M: Well I live in Greater London and I believe that London has an influence on my work. I do not create work from images or objects that people tell me to but the abundance of culture and art available in London does inspire me.
OA: What do you like most about being an artist?
M: I like being able to get into my zone and think freely without any restrictions, and I also love other people to enjoy my work and question the reasons behind my images.
OA: What is your greatest achievement as an artist to date?
M: A publisher has used my piece titled Gemini on a love story book called Lou & Jigger on Amazon. This was such an accomplishment for me. I will also be showing the same piece in an exhibition called Obsession & Ritual in London (By Charlotte Meddings) in June. I am so excited!
OA: What are your plans for the coming year?
M: I hope to engage in more exhibitions and it would be a childhood dream for me to be a resident artist in a London Gallery! So if there are any London galleries reading this, I would love the opportunity!Visit Artist's Portfolio